DIY Textile School

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Upcycling and Embellishments

The aim of this 3-hour class is to upcycle, which is to say, to create new, useable and lovable pieces from unloved textiles. Think unused clothing or accessories, curtains, tea towels, dish cloths, old clothes, leftover craft fabrics, rugs, bedsheets – whatever you see potential in! It is the stuff that sits in dusty attics, drawers, and closets at home, and which lies around in Kringloopwinkels and flea markets. It is material that friends and family are happy to donate, and you can even find as leftover scraps from businesses.

As the textile industry continues to overload our planet by being the second largest polluter (after oil), we have no choice but to dramatically lessen and alter our approach to textile consumption. We have to become more creative, re-use what we already have and limit the output of energy in the proces. The good news is, we are the consumers and we have the power to alter the process. Here is a chance to experience how fun upcycling can be!

There are endless ways to upcycle; this starter class will teach you how to think outside the box by beginning with embellishments. We are going to explore a number of simple yet fun techniques. You can choose between applique, cross-stitch, embroidery (buttonholes are simple and effective), fabric printing or distressing, beading/beadwork, adding trims and pockets.

At DIY Textile School, we have sewing machines and other materials to help you upcycle as you’ve never upcycled before!

What to bring
Two items/pieces of textile that you want to upcycle.

Preparation
Get inspired! As you will not be able to learn all technqiues shown, you may want to research different techniques and ways in which textiles can be embellished, so you have a rough idea of the styles and effects you like. Bring any other materials you might want to use.

Date
Evening class; Thursday, 5 September

Time 19:00 – 22:00

Teacher
Kathryn Tonks

Location
DIY Textile School
Tussen de Bogen 36
1013 JB Amsterdam

Cost
• €55 including tax.
• Included in cost coffee, tea and cookies, as well as, a variety of embellishing materials along with sewing machines.

About Kathryn – Originally from England, Kathryn Tonks moved to Amsterdam 2 and a half years ago, She splits her time between selling vintage clothing and working in her atelier in Amsterdam Noord, upcycling and recycling all sorts of textiles, most of which are found at antique flea markets or kringloopwinkels. Working with unusual and difficult fabrics, leftover scraps and often damaged pieces has pushed Kathryn to explore and experiment with a wide range of techniques to make original pieces from and hopefully return our trash back into treasure.
2019 will see her starting her own clothing brand made from recycled materials.
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